A matter of weeks after signing a new one-year contract extension and professing a desire to remain at Parkhead for three more seasons, Emilio Izaguirre has departed Celtic.
Izaguirre won six Scottish Premiership titles with Celtic
And though the impact of the 30-year-old’s exit will be dimmed somewhat by the fact that he hasn’t been the club’s first choice left-back for around 18 months, thanks to the emergence of the superb Kieran Tierney, it does leave manager Brendan Rodgers with something of a headache on the eve of a new season.
After all, while Tierney appears certain to remain at his boyhood club despite interest from some of the Premier League’s biggest and brightest, the 20-year-old is now the only senior left-back on the club’s books.
And it doesn’t help that a number of the left-backs linked with Celtic before Izaguirre signed his contract extension have now committed their futures elsewhere. In particular, Celtic were beaten to the signature of Barry Douglas by Wolves (Express and Star).
Ticked all the boxes
When Izaguirre seemingly confirmed he was staying, that did not appear to matter all that much. However, it now appears that Douglas would have been a fine addition. Any left-back arriving at Parkhead would more than likely be used as a back-up and, with Douglas available for as little as £1 million, Celtic would not have needed to break the bank.
Douglas spent three seasons with Dundee United before heading to Lech Poznan in Poland
Compare that to the hefty fee Bristol City would demand for Joe Bryan, reported to be around £6 million according to the Bristol Post. The Mirror claimed the 23-year-old was a target.
Former Konyaspor defender Douglas, meanwhile, was far more experienced at the age of 27 and knows the Scottish league well from his time at Dundee United.
As back-ups go, he would have been perfect. The question, however, is who is next on Rodgers’ list?